As I write this, Singapore is well into Phase 2 of the reopening of its economy, following a partial lockdown caused by COVID-19. Yet, many of us continue to work from home and, based on the manpower surveys, seem to be happy to keep this up. Consequently, our abodes have become the new centre of our lives, which is why I chose to theme this issue on residences.
In curating eight of them from Singapore, Malaysia, China and Europe, I hope that some (or all) of their unique elements will inspire you when you design your next residential project. For instance, on the cover is the award-winning Casa A by Portuguese firm REM’A Arquitectos. It is distinctive for the use of sustainable wood, arranged in a diagonal pattern, that sheaths its upper volume, and its deep triangular voids that blur the boundaries between indoors and out.
Before you explore the other seven houses, do read the report featuring products that would have been launched at Salone del Mobile, if it had been held this year. There are some beautiful, eco-friendly and technologically-advanced pieces that you should include in your next project.
I have also dedicated some real estate to Dr. Chang Jiat Hwee, an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture in the National University of Singapore, whose areas of interest include modern architecture. He has contributed a piece on how such buildings are actually more ubiquitous than we realise in Singapore, and is part of a series I have introduced to spotlight the importance of conserving our modern built heritage.
Finally, I have some updates on the magazine. We will be adjusting the frequency of our print edition and our next issue will publish in November (the last one for 2020). From 2021, we will become a quarterly instead of a bimonthly.
The good news is you can still keep up with us via Facebook and Instagram. Do also check in with our website for design and architecture news and projects from around Asia. We look forward to remaining connected with you in the digital space. Till then, take care, keep healthy and stay positive.